If I experienced this type of conference early in my career, I can only imagine some of the decisions I’ve made would have been more direct and clear.
— Mickalene Thomas, Visual Artist, Filmmaker, and Curator
Self Empowerment | Interview #1
Sustainability | Interview #2
Community | Interview #3
Producer, Curator, Founder of Third Streaming
Cultural Facilitator, Founder/Director of MECA Art Fair
Artist, Enrolled Agent, Founder of Sunlight Tax
Managing Director of Cultural Projects, MGAC
Art Advisor, Curator
Susan (Suzy) Delvalle
President/Executive Director, Creative Capital
Co-Founder, The Art of Change
Tiana Webb Evans
Arts Marketing, Communications Expert, Founder of ESP PR
Director of Digital, Jewish Museum
Founder, Small Data Industries
Artist, Adjunct Professor, Creative Director
President/CEO, United States Artists
President/Founder, Creative Business Inc.
Senior Director of Arts, Kickstarter
Executive Director, Laundromat Project
Freelance Art Writer, Founder of Art F City
Paul Ramirez Jonas
Director, The Ford Foundation Gallery
Director/Curator, Time Equities Inc. Art-in-Buildings
Attorney, Loeb & Loeb
VP of Artists, Estates, and Foundations, Artist Agency, Partners
Author, Dancer, Model, Speaker
Artist, Educator, Advocate, Editor
Managing Attorney at Luque PLLC, Co-Founder of POWRPLNT
Kristin O'Keeffe Merrick
Maria Elena Murguia
Licensing Executive/Marketing Manager, Artists Rights Society
Artist, Artist Programs Manager at Joan Mitchell Foundation
Head of Cultural Initiatives, Google
President/Executive Director, Association of Independent Colleges of Art & Design (AICAD)
CEO of Olu & Company, Founding Director of Detroit Art Week, CEO of IMG SRVR
Susanne Feld Hilberry Senior Curator of Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit, Co-Founder of ARTNOIR
Artist, Director of Tiger Strikes Asteroid
Co-Founder, The Art of Change
Director of Programs, A Blade of Grass
Co-Executive Director, Artbuilt
Associate Director of Marketing, Artsy
Art Advisor, Educator
Director of Cultural Programming, Neuehouse
Director of Real Estate, Spaceworks
Alice Gray Stites
Museum Director/Chief Curator, 21c
Artist–Curator, Writer, Host, Artist Advocate
Senior Director of Artist Programs, Joan Mitchell Foundation
Visual Artist, Filmmaker, Curator
Author, Faculty Member at NYU
Artist, Assistant Professor at the University of Hartford, Founder of BFAMFAPHD
Author, Faculty Member at New York University
Holding an MFA and an MBA, Amy studies the friction between art and business and proposes new structures to support economic sustainability for artists. Her third book, Economics of Visual Arts, was published in the fall of 2021 with Cambridge University Press. Amy is also author of two other books, Museum Legs and Art Thinking. Serving on the arts administration faculty at NYU, Amy researches what would happen if artists retained equity in their work. Her work on fractional equity has appeared in Management Science (with Kraussl) in the "Fast Track" intended for "high-impact research that is of broad interest.”
Amy's work has been featured in The Guardian, Harpers, The Atlantic, the Financial Times, Artforum, and The Art Newspaper. Her early work with the artists' cooperative project Trade School was covered in the New York Times and The New Yorker. She speaks widely including at the Aspen Ideas Festival, Meaning Conference (Brighton, UK), and The Conference (Malmö, Sweden). She has taught at Williams College, the Rhode Island School of Design, the School of Visual Arts, and California College of the Arts, and is a past recipient of the Sarah Verdone Writing Award from the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council.
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Attorney, Deputy Director of Legal Services at the Arts & Business Council of Greater Boston (A&BC)
Luke Blackadar is an attorney and the Deputy Director of Legal Services at the Arts & Business Council of Greater Boston (A&BC). An artist himself, he helps artists, creative start-ups, and arts nonprofits manage legal issues involving copyright, trademark, contracts, entity formation, and corporate governance. Luke also enjoys talking to groups of law students and artists and has recently spoken on art legal issues to the Americans for the Arts, the City of Boston, and students at Brown University, RISD, MassArt, and Lesley University. In addition to managing the A&BC’s legal interns, he teaches at the Boston University Metropolitan College and the Roger Williams University School of Law, and mentors students through the Northeastern University and Northeast Regional Black Law Student Associations. Luke is a graduate of Clark University and Northeastern University School of Law. In his spare time, he enjoys drawing, running, reading, and playing video games.
Marci Blackman + Diana Y Greiner
Founders of Treehouse Taxes
Treehouse Taxes, run by Diana Y Greiner and Marci Blackman in Brooklyn, New York, caters specifically to self-employed individuals and small businesses. They built the Treehouse so you will have a safe, fun, and friendly place to get your taxes done.
Marci has been providing a combination of tax preparation, bookkeeping, and accounting services to a wide range of clientele, including individuals, partnerships, and small corporations for the past 20 years. As a longtime freelancer and award-winning novelist, Marci understands what it means to “hustle” for your dreams, particularly as it pertains to taxes. As a partner in Treehouse Taxes LLC, Marci believes transferring knowledge and helping artists and freelancers become savvy taxpayers is a form of social justice.
Diana Y Greiner knows about cobbling together an income, tracking expenses, and pursuing a dream. She has spent over 20 years juggling the life of a performing artist while developing and maintaining her left brain as the managing director of an arts organization, a waitress, an acrobatics instructor, an office manager, a massage therapist, a bookkeeper, and finally a full-fledged tax nerd by earning her EA. Through it all she maintains that connection is the point of everything.
Pamela Capalad + Dyalekt
Hosts of Brunch & Budget
Pamela Capalad is a Certified Financial Planner™ and Accredited Financial Counselor™ who has worked in the field of financial services for over a decade. She founded Brunch & Budget to provide people who felt ashamed or embarrassed about money with a safe and friendly place to speak openly and make financial progress. Her mission is to make financial planning as affordable as possible for the communities who need it most. Her work has been featured in publications including the Washington Post, Teen Vogue, Huffington Post, and Vice Magazine. She was named in New York Magazine’s Best of New York 2019 and has brunched with over 400 people and counting.
Dyalekt is an MC, playwright, educator, and podcaster. His work focuses on defining personal identities and finding one’s voice, authentic communication, and supporting one’s community. His first album and one-man show, Square Peg Syndrome, is also a 6-week school curriculum that toured through St. Croix’s 17 schools. His new album and one-man show, The Museum of Dead Words, explores communication, race, and empathy in the internet age. Dyalekt was named to the Public Theater’s Emerging Writers Group and his performance venues include the Bowery Ballroom, SXSW, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Mozilla’s Internet Festival in London, the United Nations, Santa Barbara’s Lucidity Festival, and the Divadlo Archa in Prague, CZ.
Pam and Dyalekt host the Brunch & Budget podcast, where they discuss how personal finance and racial economic inclusion intersect. They also co-founded the Race & Wealth Podcast Network with Dedrick Asante-Muhammad, Chief of Race, Wealth and Community at NCRC. Through what they’ve learned in their work, Dyalekt and Pam have started a group financial planning program called See Change, specifically designed for People of Color and make financial planning more inclusive.